The Note: Self-evident Truthiness

Salon's Walter Shapiro wonders if the 2006-2008 Mark Warner may be the 1974-1976 Walter Mondale. LINK

Foley: political fallout:

In the wake of the Mark Foley scandal, the Washington Post's Jim VandeHei reports that Democrats are targeting the personal lives of Republicans in numerous key House races. LINK

In New Jersey, Democrat Linda Stender sent voters this week a two-page brochure accusing Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) of "improperly preying on young women in a fashionable D.C. nightclub."

In upstate New York, Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has sent a letter to Rep. John Sweeney (R-NY) calling on him to "explain a drunken driving arrest 30 years ago and a more recent car accident."

In California, Democrats are "assailing" Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) for "supporting 'forced abortions and sex slavery' in the Northern Mariana Islands, which were represented by Abramoff." Charlie Brown, Doolittle's Democratic opponent, said the attack is fair because Doolittle has refused to return contributions from supporters of the government there.

And, of course, you've got Democrat Chris Carney's ads attacking Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA) for allegations of abuse towards his former mistress and Democrat Mary Jo Kilroy going after Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) over Foley on Christian radio.

Former RNC chair Ed Gillespie "said Democrats are dangerously close 'to overreaching' in their attacks. . . Democratic operatives said they are aware of this possibility but are calculating that, as long as the attacks are at the local level, they will not backfire."

Credit Vandy with 1 1/2 must reads today.

Foley: Hastert:

Part pick-me-up, part bear hug, somewhat of a fundraiser, the New York Times reports on Bush's trip to Illinois to campaign for David McSweeney and Peter Roskam, and of course, Speaker Hastert. The President's trip was the final step in the solidifying the White House's support of the Speaker and was gladly received by a "beaming" Hastert. LINK

The Washington Times: LINK

Foley: ethics committee:

The New York Times on NOD. LINK

More on Kirk Fordham's testimony from the Los Angeles Times LINK

Palm Beach Post's Larry Lipman covers the House investigation and the "relief" of Kirk Fordham. LINK

The Washington Times: LINK

Foley: FL-16:

Palm Beach Post's George Bennett reports that Florida 16th may use "some form of written notice" to inform voters that Joe Negron is replacing ex-Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) on the ballot. LINK

A company headed by the Democratic candidate for Mark Foley's congressional seat is being sued over what investors say is a fraudulent transaction. LINK

Foley: miscellaneous:

Jake Tapper of ABC News' asks the question whether "being gay or being in the closet was the root of Foley's predatory issues?" LINK

The Way to Win:

487 members of the Gang of 500 have The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008, the new book about presidential politics by John F. Harris of the Washington Post and Mark Halperin of ABC News.

Shouldn't you have your own copy too? Buy it now, here. LINK

The New York Post's fabled Page Six seems to have acquired a copy of The Way to Win. LINK

And conservative activist Paul Weyrich engages in some slick product placement in the Los Angeles Times today: "Weyrich said …., "I don't have any illusions about Rove. I think that he advocates conservatism because he believes it's the way to win." LINK

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